[DC LoCo] Ubuntu LTS: what is difference between support for server and desktop?

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Fri Oct 21 19:10:13 UTC 2011

On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM, Dan Chen <seven.steps at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 14:54, Greg Reagle <reagle at cepr.net> wrote:
>> Hello all.  I have a computer running Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.  According to
>> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Ubuntu_%28operating_system%29,
>> it is supported until 2011-05-12 for desktop and until 2013-04 for server.
>> What exactly do "server" and "desktop" mean in this context?  I want to know
>> how long security updates will be available for it.  Is it a server or a
>> desktop, yuo ask.  Good question.  I use it as sort of a hybrid of both
>> functions.  Does the operating system itself have some sort of distinct
>> identity as a server or desktop?
> There is no simple answer, but the rule of thumb that I use is: which
> kernel (uname -r) are you running? If it's -generic, treat it as a
> desktop. If it's -server, treat it as a server.

The other half is:
graphical apps (Firefox, Evolution) are likely to stop being updated
while things like Apache or Postfix will continue receiving updates.

Mackenzie Morgan

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